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  • November 1, 2010

    In Oil Spill's Wake, Increased Surrenders

    In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, the transport of dogs relieves pressure on two overwhelmed Louisiana shelters.

  • November 1, 2010

    Making Spay/Neuter an Inside Job

    A program in Oklahoma provides a model for how subsidized spay/neuter can be made more widely available to low-income residents, through cooperative efforts with local veterinarians in private practice.

  • November 1, 2010

    People Power: Choosing a New Path

    After participating in a puppy mill raid, a longtime sheriff decides to leave law enforcement and become manager of the county's new shelter for dogs.

  • September 1, 2010

    Q & A: Force for Good

    The behind-the-scenes legwork put in by the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force makes dramatic puppy mill rescues possible.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: You Can't Predict the Future—but You Can Be Ready for It

    In this issue, Mouthpieces addresses what families should do to prepare for an emergency so that all family members, including furry ones, can get through a disaster safely.

  • September 1, 2010

    Emergency Planning in a Post-Katrina World

    Animal shelters in nine jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have banded together to make sure that if disaster ever strikes their region, pet owners and their furry best friends will be able to seek refuge together.

  • July 1, 2010

    Field Trip: Hidden Blessings

    Despite facing Hurricane Katrina and an office fire, a Mississippi shelter survives and thrives enough to expand its spay/neuter efforts and other programs to benefit animals in its community.

  • July 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Kittens: Coming Soon to a Shelter Near You

    During the spring and summer'also known as "kitten season" to shelters and rescues'pregnant cats, nursing mothers, and kittens overwhelm facilities across the nation. Shelters have to take extra measures to protect young kittens from exposure to germs, and must provide them with a series of vaccinations, plus high-quality nutrition and proper deworming, to keep those mewing fuzz balls healthy.

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